Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Always undervalued as a songwriter, Franti reassembles his familiar building blocks of rock, reggae, and vintage R&B into the funkiest, most inviting neighborhoods he's yet created.
  2. Franti and Spearhead almost made a deliberate attempt to stray from the typical hip-hop beats and go for something a bit more organic and acoustic than their previous efforts -- and the experiments more than pay off.
  3. Everyone Deserves Music excels beyond simple good intentions because Franti and Spearhead are also at peace with their musical influences.
  4. Mojo
    80
    Musically and vocally, this is Franti's most confident and varied work to date. [Jul 2003, p.106]
  5. Blender
    70
    The pie-in-the-sky ambitions may be a little much, but credit Franti for dreaming up a kinder, gentler new world order. [Sep 2003, p.122]
  6. Q Magazine
    70
    An intelligent, well-crafted and catchy mix of funk, rap, soul and right-on sloganeering. [Jul 2003, p.104]
  7. A joyous celebration of life that pulverizes bullets with positive vibes.
  8. The musical stretches Spearhead makes go a long way toward making Everyone Deserves Music a memorable, even highly recommended affair, but the sanding down of Franti's rougher edges just prevents it from being an essential album. Spearhead fans deserve more consistently inspiring fare than they get here.
  9. Musically, it's as diverse as anything the band has ever done, smoothly vacillating between forceful beats and heady grooves.
  10. When he gets it right, the rich grooves and soulful voices can be sublime, like early '70s Curtis Mayfield or Sly and the Family Stone.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. DaveR
    Sep 1, 2004
    8
    being one of my favorite artists, I could'nt wait for the follow up to the truly inspiring "stay human". although there's still being one of my favorite artists, I could'nt wait for the follow up to the truly inspiring "stay human". although there's still nobody that comes close to Franti in combining music, lyrics and awareness (and if there is - please let me know), I thought this album sometimes crossed the delicate line between good-natured-yet-aware and emotional-sentimental-mushy. still, MF is a real MF. Full Review »
  2. anepiphany
    Jan 22, 2004
    9
    lush and lovely and meaningful
  3. MikeM
    Nov 23, 2003
    9
    Yet another great album from the most criminally ignored artist(s) of the last 10 years.